Good start of 2022

  • Roman crossbow brooch
  • spindle whorl nr 3
  • bone button ?
  • dogtag of soldier 1940
  • 1597 copper coin still intact

And all that with my new.. nope, my old Deus lol. The shop sent a email around to say they onlt got 15 Deusses in the first batch, and the second batch didn’t come as promised so that is looking like i will be spending several more months with my old Deus but ..

All the Deus coils..

My first Deus came with 22cm coil. Went ok in park and field, but never really got a breakthrough in the fields. THen I updated/upgraded to a used 28cm coil. Suddenly my field results were splendid ! Roman every time for a while ! Ending with a Golden Roman coin. Then about 1.5yr ago, I traded it for a white coil, which I then traded in for a 28cm x35 coil. And i didn’t find as much as I was hoping with all these new coils. My search mate, however, had a 13″ x35 and he found lots with it ! THat’s why i turned over to an x35 as well. Felt like I didn’t find much with this coil. Even if I wasn’t using the frequencies higher than 18khz which the old coils had (and I liked).

Then I got my hands on a cheap near-new Deus with small old coil, put that for sale with the choice and the buyer decided to go with MY x35. I was o kwith anything, since I needed to sell to get my new Deus II. I was left with the small coil again. Changed my settings to -6 disc, based on Fast program.. I don’t know what happened but suddenly it’s ALIVE again ! Went out. Found part of a silver coin, found gold pendant, found old silver. I’m like ‘WOW I will keep that small old coil at all costs !’ (kinda feel ikky that i chose the new DEUs with the bigger coil but anyway). Given that XP can’t follow up on orders, not anywhere CLOSE to it, i guess we WILL spend lots of time together still. I alrady had someone willing to buy my own Deus with the small coil, and he would come for it after NEw Year. Didn’t hear from him but at the same time, I don’t WANt to give my small coil away. Well, for money. Also I don’t want to lol.

Temperatures are near freezing ! That winter coat I once got at a discount price in Decathlon for 30 euro. It’s AMAZING for really cold places. I’m wearing 2 scarfs. No cold which is a good thing for a skinny girl 🙂
The mud is insanely sticky. It’s so annoying and it’s draining my energy.

A weird first date with HF elliptical coil

A few days ago, I bought the HF elliptical coil from a local guy who wanted to get rid of it. I alraedy owned the round HF coil and wasn’t too crazy about it. Let alone I was on the hunt for the even WORSE version of it. But i put it for sale. And went to try it out on a Roman field anyway. You never know :p

For 1.5hr, I went over the trampled fields (they still give good stuff though). I found only small thin foil and some other crap. No coins or anything.
I decided to go back to the car, and as so often happens.. I dig a hole and what I take out looked like modern dark grey metal. And then it hit me: this could be one of those special Roman Brooches ! I filmed the ‘unboxing’ and put it on my instagram as I always do. Of course, I just ordered a waterproof chockproof light compactcamera but it got lost in the mail so everything is filmed with lousy camera on phone. It’s a CROSS BOW BROOCH !! It’s my SEcond Roman brooch EVER which is preposterous, because I live on a Roman city with plenty of sites. And still I never find any. But apparently I saved my luck for this cool one.
THe only other thing I took home was my 3rd ceramic spindning whorle. It’s like 3.. it’s getting old lol.
Im still selling that HF coil. I don’t think it’ll happen every time like this. Besides, Weirdly enough, my first outing with my round HF coil ended up in me finding my 2nd Silver denarius. And that was on that same field. THen I stopped finding good stuff with it.

Other about the HF coil:
– It’s amazing how hard it is to pinpoint with it
– can’t find the target because the coil is only so deep it won’t feel the target when it’s on the wrong side of the ball of soil, or when it falls deeper into the hole
– won’t stay upright if you want to use the coil for checking soil, but then just let it fall on its side. Works too.
– foil, foil, copper wire. Also found 5 pieces of coke, which I never do otherwise.

Tried on 2 highest frequences (35-78?) and reactivity 2.5-3. I was hoping for a few small coins but nothing. Meanwhile I did find several things on that same field a few days before, like that copper coin of 1597. AMAZING !! Most coins of 1750 are washed off, and this, 150 yrs older, still has almost everything visible ! Yay. IT’s from the king Phillips II and it says ‘God is my master’ or something.

Last day of 2021 – gold, silver

I went detecting finally on a good field that was ploughed recently. Most are, but it’s very hard to find anything and very hard to walk over them. Did not find much lately in the fields (can’t complain about the 3x gold in the beach since July). However, I don’t have anything else to do, so i googled ‘settings for Deus on ploughed’. Some suggested using a program like Deus Fast. It doesn’t make much sense to me to go all superficial while half of the soil before you is containing air, but anyway; I started from Fast program, adjusted it to -5 disc, 95 sens, 85 GB, 2 – 2.5 reactivity.. and because of the lower Disc, I could hear a lot of small iron grunting, so i figured the reactivity might actually work if i put it a bit higher, say 2.5. And I found plenty of things, including the part of a silver 16th century coin and some gold pendant of 1g; I did see some gold sticking out of a small ball of soil and as usual didn’t expect much.. But gold does have certain unique characteristics such as: gold color without any tarnish, pieces falling off, oxidation, rough edges. And this checked them all, just like the golden rings i found. Ok, low carat gold CAN become brown or green, i suppose. But the chance of finding it here are very slim. I’m still waiting for my first gold stater though.

So for 4 days in arow, I went to that same field, which has given me 1 denier +Spanish silver in the past, and many decorative things like broches and buttons. I found a blurry roman coin, the next day I find a wonderful Constantine coin. It’s rare to find one which is still showing some detail. I think i had 4-5 in the last 4 month, none of which had any readable detail on it. So now the weather is at its worst (except snow and frost for days in a row). Close to 0, windy and rainy.

I ordered the Deus II near the end of December, after I sold some photo equipment that was lying around as spare. But since i gave up my sidebusiness, and prices will just go lower for camera’s, I decided to sell them. If I ever start using the Deus II for all beach and field work, I can get rid of all other detectors I have. THe 1991 Minelab Sovereign and Excalibur were for sale but i haven’t got any decent offer yet. Of course, we are in a market where used Vanquish and Equinox are being sold on a daily basis. It just has to be an enthusiast who wants to buy the old Minelab for beaches.

Even if the market is flooded with used Deus I, I still managed to sell one that I got cheaply and the one I was using. THat one hasn’t been picked up due to festive days. Maybe he won’t come. I even ordered another 28cm coil and main unit in case i lose my own Deus before the new one comes.